K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


LEARN NC is no longer supported by the UNC School of Education and has been permanently archived. On February 1st, 2018, you will only be able to access these resources through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. We recommend that you print or download resources you may need before February 1st, 2018, after which, you will have to follow these instructions in order to access those resources.

Two units of biomusicology instruction for grades 2–3 and 4–5. Your students will be fascinated by these lessons that cover the miracles of animal communication, the mechanics of sound, and their connections to the field of music.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Animal movements
Students will move like the animal they hear described in the music.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Dance Arts Education and Music Education)
By Jo James.
For Bales! sheet music
For Bales! sheet music
Cover page of 1864 sheet music titled "For Bales!"
Format: image/ephemera
North Carolina Essential Standards: Music Education
Format: (multiple pages)
Music and morale
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.6
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.10
The military recognized early on that music could keep soldiers' and sailors' morale up, and popular music became a way to entertain servicemen. The government pressed special records, called V-Discs (V for Victory), featuring popular artists. The recordings on this page include the song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and a German-language propaganda broadcast of Glenn Miller's "In the Mood."
Format: music
Rhythm beginnings
This lesson plan introduces the terms beat, steady beat, and tempo for the first day of rhythm work.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Music Education)
By Meg Anderson.
Dragon dance, intermission music
On the streets of Trang one night, people gathered to watch a dragon dance. This involved a few men, a beautiful dragon costume that fit over their heads so only their legs were showing, and several poles spaced apart on the blacktop. These men are more like...
Format: audio
Over There (sheet music)
Over There (sheet music)
The cover for sheet music to "Over There" by George M. Cohan, published by William Jerome Publishing Corp. in 1917.
Format: image/illustration
Create a Music Carnival
This is a lesson in which the students will combine their knowledge of rhythm, pitch, and tone color with their imaginations to create original compositions about animals. They will use "Carnival of the Animals", by Saint-Saens, and "Peter and the Wolf", by Prokofiev, for comparisons.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Music Education)
By Rowena Licko.
Long Way to Travel
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.5
Audio and lyrics of an African American spiritual. Includes historical commentary.
Format: music/primary source
World music
In BioMusic, page 1.5
In this lesson, students will understand that birds of the same family can have different songs. While listening to four different thrush songs, they will also learn to read a sound spectrogram and compare it with sheet music.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Music Education and Science)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
Slavery in North Carolina
The resources on this page are designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore the history of slavery in North Carolina by reading slave narratives. Through these lessons, students will analyze the cultural background and the daily life of the authors of these narratives.
Format: lesson plan
"Over there"
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.4
Shortly after the United States entered World war I, George M. Cohan wrote the words and music to "Over There," which quickly became the anthem of American soldiers. This page includes the lyrics, original sheet music, and a 1917 recording of the song.
Format: music/primary source
Name that tune!
This is a student/parent assignment. The students will perform selected lines from their band method books, and their parents (or responsible adults) will listen and try to name the tune.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Music Education)
By Mary Beth Smith.
Singing Vietnamese pop song on the bus
In Vietnam, I recorded more men, women and children singing songs than in any other country I visited (twenty-one total.) Frequently, passenger buses will play popular music from the radio throughout the trip. On this overnight bus ride from Hoi An to Nha...
Format: audio
High and low bears
This is a lesson that introduces and reinforces the music concept of pitch.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Music Education)
By Penny Adams-Manolas.
Music at dinner theater in Penang, Malaysia
This music is part of a musical concert at a dinner theater in Penang, Malaysia. A woman sang a few Chinese opera songs, along with some musical interludes and other more eclectic songs. Here you can hear a short excerpt of some classical Chinese opera music....
Format: audio
Instruments in action
Students will demonstrate mastery of eight measures of four beats by speaking, moving and playing. They will classify instruments metals, woods, scrapers, ringers, shakers, etc.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Music Education)
By Jeanne Anderson.
Music accompanying Malaysian boxing match
This is an excerpt of live music played during a boxing match. The presence of live music to accompany boxing was common in Asia. As a white woman in a typically male venue, I always stood out at these types of sporting events. From my journal: Then...
Format: audio
I'm Gwine Home on de Mornin' Train
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.4
Audio and lyrics of an African American spiritual. Includes historical commentary.
Format: music/primary source